MMO2950 - Post-medieval quarry on Halscombe (Monument)

Summary

A small likely post-medieval circular depression is visible on aerial photographs. It is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and annotated old quarry, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1890.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A small circular depression is visible on aerial photographs on moorland nearly Halscombe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7706 3835, the quarry measures some 19 metres across. It is depicted on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map and annotated 'old quarry', suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication in 1890. It most likely dates to the post-medieval period, but there is no indication as to what was extracted here. [1-3] As part of the Exmoor Mires Project, South West Archaeology were contracted to undertake a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park. Noted was an adit entrance or other mining feature with high raised banks on either side of a linear trench orientated at 90 degrees to the slope. There are possibly two phases of realignment of the southern bank. [4] This site was included in a non-intrustive walkover survey of the proposed mire restoration area on Deer Park, undertaken by the Historic Environment Officer for the Exmoor Mires Project. It is thought likely to be a post-medieval adit. [5] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3453-54 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1890.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 NE. MD002190. [Mapped feature: #40657 ]
  • <4> Report: Walls, S. and Morris, B.. 2012. Deer Park, Exmoor: Results of a walkover survey. 26, 42.
  • <5> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2013. Archaeological walkover surveys on Deer Park, Exmoor. 10, 12, 16, 18, 26.
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1487590, Extant 23 November 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7707 3835 (33m by 38m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS73NE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

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Other Statuses/References

  • Mires Feature Reference (Monument): EDP12(184)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 73 NE153
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1487590

Record last edited

Nov 23 2021 2:28PM

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